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Essentials Of Faithfulness

4 Steps To Spiritual Growth

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being
changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who
is the Spirit.

1. Prayer
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, a great while before day, Jesus rose and went out to a
lonely place, and there he prayed.

A. Active prayer: Charismatic worship, intercession, Liturgy, Novena…

Psalms 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord
with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness: for we do not know
how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too
keep for words.
B. Quiet prayer: meditation, Jesus prayer, contemplation,
journaling, adoration, rosary…
Psalms 130:6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning.

C. Constant prayer
Once a day (Psalms 5:3), Twice a day (Psalms 88:1), three times a day (Psalms
55:17), and seven times a day (Psalms 119:164).
If I’m washing dishes I do it to the glory of God, and if I pick up a straw from the
ground, I do it to the glory of God. I’m in communion with God all the time…
The Rule tells me that I have to take time off to go alone to pray, and I do, but
such times do not differ any from my regular communion. (Brother Lawrence)
Ephesians 6:19 …pray at all times in the spirit…
2. Wisdom
Isaiah 55:10-13 The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground
to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and
bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces
fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will
live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the
field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow…
A. Bible—Recommended: Daily Mass Readings (Use Didache,
Companion, and Sabbath)
B. Church Teaching
C. Other Sources
Recommended: Books at our book table
Recommended: Teaching Audio CDs at our book table
Recommended: and
3. Family

Matthew 18:20 Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of
o Spiritual Friendships
o Mentors
o Communal Prayer
o Eucharist and the Sacraments
o Catholic Church Magesterium
Recommended: Attend the FEAST weekly and Sign up for a Caring Group!

4. Service

Matthew 20:26 Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever
would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of man came not to be
served but to serve.
o Serve in your Family
o Serve in your Jobs & Business
o Serve through Evangelism
 Recommended: Invite them to the FEAST
 Recommended: Give our spiritual books and magazines to them
 Recommended: Forward our emails, websites, radio, and TV shows
o Serve in the Community and/or Parish—
Recommended: Sign up in a FEAST ministry!
1. Greeters/Ushers Ministry 2. Intercessory/Prayer Ministry 3. Childrens’ Ministry
o Serve in other Organizations and Country

Action Plan
Are you growing in your spiritual life? Which among these four elements do you need to work
on more? Make a plan of improving this area—so that you will keep growing in the Lord.